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    Issuance of bear hunting licences to residents of NB and non-residents.


    Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must be a resident as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.

    Non-Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence. May purchase a licence in any Wildlife Management Zone in which the annual quota has not been depleted for that year.

    Hunter Education Requirements:
    •Resident and Non-Resident Hunters born on or after January 1, 1981 and all first-time hunters must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course.
    •Hunters born previous to 1981 may present a previous hunting licence as proof of hunting experience.
    •All bow hunters and crossbow hunters must complete a recognized stand-alone Bow Hunter Education course, or have proof of a previous hunting licence allowing use of a bow or crossbow.
    •Conservation Education certificates from other provinces, territories and states are valid in New Brunswick.

    Young Hunters:
    16- and 17-year-old hunters who wish to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Bear Licence must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course and two years hunting experience.

    While hunting, they must be accompanied by an adult holder of a valid Deer or Bear Licence, with two years experience hunting deer or bear. Proof of experience may be copies of previous hunting licences or the hunter may sign a "Certificate of Having Held a Hunting or Fur Harvester's Licence".

    16- and 17-year-old hunters must purchase their bear licence from a Service New Brunswick centre or a licensed outfitter.


    Bear hunting licences provide hunting opportunities to New Brunswick hunters while managing bear populations for future use. A person may purchase one Black Bear Licence per year. Licences are valid for hunting during the three black bear hunting seasons (spring, fall bow and fall gun) in a calendar year until the bag limit is filled.

    On September 1, 2014, changes to the Hunting Regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Act will take effect to allow resident hunters who have harvested a black bear to buy a second hunting license immediately after having registered a black bear they have harvested. The second license will be valid for the rest of the bear hunting season for that calendar year.

    Resident Black Bear Licences are valid for all Wildlife Management Zones open for black bear hunting.

    Non-Resident Black Bear Licences are valid only for the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the licence.

    Non-Resident hunters may acquire Black Bear Licences in either of the following two methods:
    (a) Through a designated, licensed outfitter or guide who has received an allocation of Non-resident Black Bear Licences.
    (b) By entering and being successful in the computerized random access draw. Application information and procedures are available from Service New Brunswick and Natural Resources offices or on the internet (see Non-resident licence draw link under "related Links" below).

    In the case of a non-resident, the purchase of a second license will depend on availability directly from an outfitter or guide with an allocation of non-resident licenses or from the Department of Natural Resources.

    Non-residents, before entering the draw, please read important details found in the "Non-Resident Bear fact sheet", below.

    Contact your nearest Natural Resources office for a list of guides.

    UNCLAIMED LICENCES - Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    You must pay for your licence(s) when you call. 

    You will need:
    - Each hunter's name
    - Mailing address
    - Date of birth
    - Telephone number

    A licence validation sticker(s) will be mailed to the purchaser.

    Allow at least three business days if requesting that licences be sent to a District office or Service New Brunswick.

    Non-Resident Draw application period: January 13 to February 28, 2014
    Results available: March 3 to March 21, 2014
    Purchase your licence: Before March 21, 2014
    Unclaimed licences: Available April 7, 2014

    The 2014 fall firearms bear hunting season will be held from September 1st to the first Saturday in November. The last full week of September will be restricted to bow and crossbow hunting.

    Changes To Fees

    This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
    2009 NR Fee changes.pdf,
    2012-NR Fish and Wildlife Licences and Applications.pdf


    Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

    Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
      Resident Bear Licences + $5 conservation fee37.002010-01-04
      Bear Licence (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee18.002010-01-04
      Non Resident Bear Draw - Application Fee26.252011-12-20
      Non Resident Bear Licences + $20 conservation fee143.002010-01-04
      Non-Resident Guide Exemption Permit150.002012-01-04
      Replacement Licences Bear5.252012-01-04
    Contact Email Location
    Contact SNB
    DNR Regional and District offices
    South Tetagouche
    South Tetagouche
    Skiff Lake
    Plaster Rock
    St George